There is some good news for Nigerians who are yet to get their own jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine, as the Federal government is set to begin the second phase of the vaccination programme on Monday 16th of August (today)
This development follows the receipt of 177,600 Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines procured through the African Union (AU). on August 12, 2021 in Abuja and through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
The phase will see the country administering the Moderna vaccine doses donated by the United States of America (U.S.A.).
Recall that the rollout was postponed from August 10 to August 16, because of administrative issues.
The Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, assured that: “The single dose vaccine will be a viable tool to interrupt the spread of the pandemic, especially in the rural areas, riverine and hard-to-reach places. It would be more beneficial for Nigeria, given its huge difficult terrains, coupled with weak systems for keeping track of people and logistics involved for delivering the second doses.”